Adidas Solarglide 6 Running Shoe Review
I really like the adidas’ Solarglide 6 men’s running shoes. This review isn’t super technical. Instead, I’ll give my feedback in language that the average runner can understand and find useful. Most runners want to know what kind of shoe it is (trainer, racing, neutral, stability, etc) and how it performs and feels. Features like heel drop, weight, cushioning, etc are also important.
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Neutral everyday training shoes
Like other adidas running shoes that I have evaluated, the Solarglide 6s took a few weeks to break in. The shoes are marketed as neutral everyday trainers. The Solarglide 6 are for athletes seeking a running shoe with good cushioning and some stability underfoot. I found that the shoe is able to maintain a firm and grounded feel. I rate the Solarglide 6 as a very comfortable shoe that performs well on the roads and crushed rock trails.
Before running in these shoes, I removed the inserts and replaced them with my custom orthotics. Custom orthotics help correct some of my inherent bio-mechanical issues. They provide additional support to my feet and ankles and fit right into these shoes. I also replaced the laces with extra long laces, which allows me to use all the shoes’ eyelets. This pulls my heel closer to the cup for added stability. I have always tied my running shoes this way, so it’s a little annoying when the laces on the shoes out of the box must be replaced.
The Solarglide 6 is very versitile
I selected the Solarglide 6 because of it’s versatility. The average runner needs a shoe like these for workouts in the weight room or cross training. After training in these running shoes for a few weeks, I agree, they are multipurpose. They are a little lighter, but feel a lot sleeker than the SOLARCONTROL stability shoe, which I wrote about in this review. The adidas Solarglide 6 comes in at 11.9 ozs (size 9), which isn’t noticeable for the average runner, unless you have been running in lightweight trainers. Over the years, I’ve trained in heavier shoes with which I qualified/ran Boston, so these feel great.
Benefits of Linear Energy Push
I haven’t run in a neutral shoe for years due to bio-mechanical issues. I wanted to try the Solarglide 6 because it uses what adidas calls Linear Energy Push (LEP). This provides added stiffness, resulting in a smooth transition from heel to midfoot. Also, I found that the heel is well padded and the heel cup is stiff, which provides stability.
At first the toe box seemed a little tight, but after a week of use (walking & running), these shoes started to break in. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been completing all my 4 – 10 mile easy runs in these shoes. Additionally, I ran on a wood chip trail and completed 6 x 800m track workout in these SOLARGLIDE 6s. I usually don’t run track workouts in daily trainers, but many runners do. I found that they weren’t too “clunky” on the track. So far, these shoes have held up well. They feel good on a variety of terrain, including pavement, crushed gravel, rubber track and wood chipped trails.
Positive Benefits of the Solarglide 6
Consistent with other adidas running shoes, Solarglide 6’s upper includes a series of recycled materials. This reinforces adidas’ commitment to reduce plastic waste.
In Summary, the Solarglide 6 offers many positive benefits.
-Includes adidas’ unique BOOST midsole cushioning, which provides energy return & comfort.
-Continental™ Rubber outsole is durable and provides great traction.
-Plenty of cushioning and a very comfortable upper.
-adidas LEP 2.0 (Linear Energy Push system) increases forefoot and midfoot stability. Results in a neutral shoe that performs like a stability running shoe
The Solarglide 6 is comfortable and …
So far (after about 100 miles) I give the adidas’ Solarglide 6 “two thumbs up.” These everyday running shoes are a great value as a neutral, but stable every day trainer. They are comfortable and strudy. If you‘re a recreational runner (most people), you can walk in these shoes or use them for cross fit exercises. They are an excellent value for a running shoe.